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Seeing the crazy movement of guitar strings in real time is so damn cool

This is wild. When cameras try to capture guitar strings being played, they see wavelength-type movements from each string because of the camera’s rolling shutter effect. But it can only be seen on camera, the wild wiggly effect is totally blind to the naked eye. Not anymore! This Wobble Strings project recreates a… »6/29/15 10:45pm6/29/15 10:45pm

Video: The incredible skill of hand making a guitar out of wood

I don't know what I'm most impressed with in this video of a guitar being made by hand: Eitan's Bartel absolute love for the instrument he makes, the perfect measurements needed to craft one of his guitars, the unbelievable skill and precision required in each step, the shots of woodworking, the imagination of smell.… »2/18/15 1:24am2/18/15 1:24am

A One-String Pen-Sized Guitar That Almost Plays Like the Real Thing

They're not as awkward to transport as a piano or a cello, but guitars are far from being the easiest instrument to travel with. And if air guitar never really satisfies your desire to play while away from your instrument, this pen-sized single-string playable guitar might be a better traveling companion. »4/28/14 8:01am4/28/14 8:01am

Gibson's New Audio Cable Automatically Records Everything You Play

Ensuring that no spontaneous but memorable riff ever gets forgotten, Gibson has teamed up with Tascam to create the next-generation of audio cables that actually records everything being played on an instrument, for up to eight solid hours on a single AA battery. It's like a dashcam for catching musical accidents you… »4/23/14 4:20pm4/23/14 4:20pm

How the Electric Guitar Was Invented

For as far back as we are able to look into the prehistory of the human race, music has been a crucial part of the life of humans. Some scholars even speculate that human music may have come before language. From the beginning, people living in little groups sang and danced to self-made music. Drums and pipes were… »10/29/13 8:00am10/29/13 8:00am

Behold the Spectacle of 14 Guitars Played By an Arduino-Powered Army


Sound art is a term that's almost always cause for concern, but this elegant installation by artist Ruben Dhers is gloriously captivating. In "Playa," 14 guitars lying under a tangled canopy of wires are listlessly strummed by an orchestra of 31 fabric-clad DC motors conducted (in the musical sense) by an Arduino… »10/04/12 5:40pm10/04/12 5:40pm

Amphones Help You Shred In Silence If Your Neighbors Are Jerks

"If it's too loud," the saying goes, "the neighbors are going to call the cops and screw up your late-night shred session." In an attempt to solve this eternal conundrum, the guitar amplification specialists at Vox have teamed up with the headphone geniuses Audio Technica to create Amphones. Yes, guitar amplifier… »9/18/12 1:44pm9/18/12 1:44pm

Magnetic Guitar Picks Eliminate Free Rock Concert Souvenirs

Bad news for those of you who splurge on front row concert tickets in hopes of snagging a musician's lost guitar pick. These plastic MagnetaPicks incorporate a thin magnetic neodymium disc that lets them securely stick to any metallic surface—from guitar strings to microphone stands— so they're next to impossible to… »8/28/12 3:20pm8/28/12 3:20pm